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US Senators accuse Amazon of violating the privacy of children

Mudassar Hassan

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US senators this week asked the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate Amazon’s smart speakers for children, arguing that the devices violate a child privacy law by recording them without their consent.

Senators Edward Markey, Richard Blumenthal, Dick Durbin, and Josh Hawley requested the investigation, insisting that smart assistants captured information about the children, in violation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.

The coalition of lawyers in defense of privacy and children’s rights stated in a letter that the device ‘Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition’ is illegally collecting voice recordings and other identifying information from users under 13 without consent. of parents and without allowing them to remove private information about their children. 

The complaint was presented in a 96-page document before the Federal Commission of the United States. “Children are a particularly vulnerable population,” the senators wrote in the letter.

“We urge the commission to take all necessary measures to guarantee its privacy since the Internet devices of things aimed at young consumers reach the market, which includes immediately starting an investigation into compliance with the law by the parties. of Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition “. 

For its part, Amazon ruled by denying the alleged irregularities. “FreeTime on Alexa and Echo Dot Kids Edition comply with the law,” said an Amazon spokesperson. 

Mudassar Hassan brings 6 years of experience in helping grass roots, mid-sized organizations and large institutions strengthen their management and resource generating capacities and effectively plan for the future. He is also a mentor and professional advisor to artists working in all disciplines. He is also the gold medalist from Abbottabad University of Science and Technology in the Bachelors of Sciences of Computer Science